The Whatcom County Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted by the Whatcom County Council on November 9, 2021 through Resolution 2021-049. The CAP is an advisory document informed by key technical reports and extensive community engagement efforts, including the 2019 Community Research Project.
The CAP’s objectives are to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve ecosystem health, and increase climate resilience in Whatcom County. To meet emissions targets set by the Washington State Legislature, the goal is to reduce countywide emissions 45% from 1990 levels by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The CAP goal for County government operations is to reduce emissions 85% from 2000 levels by 2030.
Progress towards implementation of the Climate Action Plan strategies and trends in greenhouse gas emissions will be assessed annually by staff. For more information about community and local government emissions sources, please visit the 2017 Whatcom County Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Whatcom County Climate Action Plan Communitywide and County Government Targets
See p.7-11 of the Whatcom County Climate Action Plan to learn more about greenhouse gas emissions goals and trends.
All reduction metrics listed below are emissions reductions from 1990 levels unless stated otherwise.
The Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee (CIAC) provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council and Executive on issues related to the preparation and adaptation for, and the prevention and mitigation of, impacts of climate change.
Meetings are generally held the third Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are a hybrid format, in person and remotely. See the CIAC webpage for more information.